Young blood entering list of most successful coaches in BCL
MIES (Switzerland) - There are some indisputable facts of life that don't change even in these unusual times, and Txus Vidorreta leading all coaches for most victories in Basketball Champions League history is one of them.
[DATOS] Txus Vidorreta se convierte en el técnico con más victorias en la historia de la #BCL ➡️ https://t.co/TfVzf0TcWn— Iberostar Tenerife (@CB1939Canarias) November 6, 2019
🔘 Alcanza los 34 triunfos en el maximo torneo continental de FIBA Europa, todos ellos de aurinegro
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The decorated Spanish coach has widened his lead in the past calendar year, as we will see in more detail below, so nobody is threatening to dethrone him from first place as the winningest coach in the BCL.
There are however several up-and-coming coaches who are poised to take a place on the podium by the end of the year, which makes the 2020-21 season as intriguing on the sidelines as it is within the four lines of the court.
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Depending on how the season pans out for their respective teams, Dario Gjergja of Filou Oostende, Oren Amiel of ERA Nymburk and Ilias Papatheodorou of AEK are set to battle it out for second and third place for most wins in the competition.
Meanwhile, Oded Kattache of Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, Ufuk Sarica of Pinar Karsiyaka, Hakan Demir of Tofas Bursa, Laurent Legname of JDA Dijon and Zoran Lukic of Nizhny Novgorod are not far behind and are bound to position themselves as contenders for a top-5 spot in the near future.
Interestingly, Kattache has a 78.4% win percentage, which means he is the coach with the best statistical chance to overtake or at least equalize Zvezdan Mitrovic's impressive 82.5 percent.
If, however, we take into consideration Regular Season wins only, the shortened four-team groups format that the BCL adapted for 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic means that Gjergja, Amiel and Papatheodorou are the only ones with clear options to step on the podium.
The Croatian coach of the Belgian champions and the Israeli head coach of Nymburk have 28 Regular Season wins each, while the Greek head coach of AEK has 27, so all three have within their reach second-placed Vincent Collet, who has 30 wins in the Regular Season.